Nearly 3 billion people tuned into 2014’s World Cup matches, making it the single most-watched sporting event in history. This year, Russia’s taking over hosting duties, with 64 different matches playing out between June 14th and July 15th. With Germany’s stunning 7-1 win over Brazil in the last World Cup, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
How a VPN lets you access live sports streams:
Short for the virtual private network, a VPN essentially acts as a tunnel between your network and all the sites and services you use. That means you’re able to connect to a server in a different location and access all the geographically restricted sites in that area. For example, a person in China can use a VPN to connect to a server located in the US and unblock sites like Netflix and YouTube.
While VPNs may sound complicated, they’re actually fairly easy to use. In fact, an easy way to check if your VPN is working is to simply look at your IP address: if you’re browsing on a VPN in a different city or country, your IP should reflect this. Naturally, you can use a VPN to access World Cup streams from anywhere in the world, and with FOX Sports requiring that users enter a valid US cable provider in order to stream, you can actually bypass that altogether and stream for free in a different country.
The 3 best ways to stream the World Cup with a VPN
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s clear the air a bit. The World Cup is easily the most televised event of the year, with more than 190 different broadcasts globally. While it is possible (at least in theory) to use a VPN to unblock every stream, some networks are better than others. Plus, since you’re reading this page, it’s safe to assume you’re looking for English-speaking broadcasts only. With that in mind, let’s focus on the top three viewing options.
The single best way to stream this year’s World Cup is through BBC’s ITV network. With comprehensive coverage spanning all 64 matches, ITV’s easily the way to go. Note that this network is only available to users in Britain, but you can use a VPN to connect to any location in the UK and get full access. Best of all, it’s 100% free. No need to sign up or fork over your credit card; a VPN gives you inside access to the greatest event of the year.
Now, if ITV isn’t your cup of tea, you can also use a VPN to connect to a server in Australia and stream via The World Game website. Note that the coverage likely won’t be as comprehensive as the UK’s, but you won’t need to sign up or subscribe to anything.
Finally, you can also catch a bundle of soccer streams by connecting to a VPN server in Canada and heading to the CTV network. Again, the coverage is expected to be less robust than the UK’s, but you won’t have to worry about signing up or signing in.
And there you have it. We hope this guide helps. Here’s to an amazing World Cup!